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Opinion | Just say no to “Chick Flicks”

Opinion |  Just say no to “Chick Flicks”

By Genna Edwards, Staff Columnist

February 18, 2020

Our stories are for everyone and they matter, even if the world isn’t ready to accept it yet. A change in terminology will help ease us into a more accepting future.

“Harriet” tells the story of Harriet Tubman — but little else

“Harriet” promotional poster.

By Thomas Wick, Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

It seems that the only way filmmakers are able to get nominated for an Academy Award is to release their film in the late fall, which only makes my job harder. One of those potential award nominees is the biopic “Harriet,” based on the life of the slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Review: “Joker?” I barely know her!

The new movie “Joker” explores the origins of the popular character.

By Kieran Mclean, Senior Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

In the beginning of Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” the titular character Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) gets beaten up by a teenage gang so deliberately characterless it could’ve been pulled from a ’90s morning cartoon.

‘Rocketman’ blasts off

Taron Egerton in “Rocketman.”

By Melanie Pantano, For The Pitt News

June 12, 2019

“Rocketman” is the story that Elton John wants us to know.

‘Booksmart’: not another teen movie

“Booksmart” theatrical release poster.

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2019

High school is an awkward, four-year transition from childhood into semi-adulthood. While no two adolescent experiences are the same, the years we spend in high school are weird, confusing and sometimes awful. “Booksmart” captures it all.

Review: ‘After’ provokes unintended laughter

“After” was originally written as a fanfiction on popular website Wattpad and featured the members of former boy band One Direction.

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

Last week, another fanfiction-turned-novel- turned-movie by the name “After” was released, and was as underwhelming and convoluted as the original work.

“Phantom Thread” weaves a tale of style and strange love

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock and Vicky Krieps stars as Alma in the film

By Vikram Sundar | For The Pitt News

February 8, 2018

Leading man Daniel Day-Lewis sews his way into our hearts once again in the stylish, yet heartfelt “Phantom Thread.” Written and directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread” is an engrossing portrait of the posh, self-indulgent realm of fashion-driven aristocrats in impove...

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

Pitt alum Brandon Keenan independently funded and produced the psychological thriller film “Body Farm.” (Photo courtesy of Brandon Keenan)

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018

When a friend offhandedly suggested that Brandon Keenan — a 2005 graduate of Pitt’s media communication program — research the strange topic of body farms, he quickly discovered a potential story unfolding before him.   Keenan, 34, has now seen the production of his first feature film, a psycholog...

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

September 28, 2017

Hollywood has a complicated relationship with racial injustice in America, and for good reason — minority actors still struggle for representation in the industry. But when I heard controversy brewing about whitewashing yet again, I couldn’t believe that our nation hasn’t made more progress. ...

Songs over storyline: music fuels Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver”

(Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

June 27, 2017

After watching Edgar Wright’s new film “Baby Driver,” I have no doubt Wright would be a ton of fun at karaoke night. Wright’s newest film prioritizes its soundtrack — packing a whopping 30 tracks — more than any other feature films to come out in the past few years, aside from James Gunn’...

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